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'Mockingjay--Part 1' keeps the fire alive

'Mockingjay--Part 1' keeps the fire alive

*** (out of four) Even if Philip Seymour Hoffman hadn’t passed away in February, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1” would thrive on his delicious supporting turn as Plutarch Heavensbee. (You should know by now that in this series’ universe all the names are that wacky.) “You’ve been in battle!” Plutarch cries when Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) feebly attempts to act in a propaganda video intended to re-motivate the surviving districts toward rebellion against the Capitol. The tone of Hoffman’s voice is priceless, as is the smile on his face as Plutarch grins to himself after a Katniss one-liner. There will be 5 billion more dystopian...

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